Betty Daniels Is Supporting Future Nurses
When Betty Daniels 51BSN 67MN began her studies at Emory in 1948, she was one of only a few female students on campus. Two years after she earned a bachelor's degree from Emory University Hospital School of Nursing (now the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing), the university established a coeducation policy allowing women to be admitted freely. When Daniels returned to Emory in the 1960s for her master's degree, the university was undergoing another period of progression as desegregation permitted further changes to the student landscape. The nursing school helped lead these efforts by graduating Emory's first African-American students in 1963.
In keeping with her alma mater's example, Daniels also has been a pioneer in the nursing field. She enrolled in the inaugural class of Emory's graduate program in psychiatric nursing, and she helped develop legislation to protect nurses, and anyone else, from libel if they report suspected child abuse. Daniels has been recognized for her contributions to nursing with numerous awards, including honors from the Georgia Nurses Association and the 2004 Award of Honor from the Emory University Nurses' Alumni Association.
Daniels' service as a nurse included private practice work, clinical teaching, and even two years in the United States Navy Nurse Corps. "My nursing career was just wonderful—I loved every bit of it," she says. "For 45 years, I worked as a public health and mental health nurse, and for 15 of those years I also taught at Emory."
To honor the role Emory has played in her life and celebrate her love for nursing, Daniels is giving back to the school of nursing through a planned gift. She says, "I've always wanted to help people, and I was able to do so in the most rewarding ways. That's why I've made a bequest to support nursing scholarships. I want to continue helping others, and scholarships provide needed support to talented students."
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